Vegan Vanilla Coffee Creamer
I absolutely LOVE Nestle’s Coffee Mate vanilla coffee creamer. It is the perfect cup of coffee in the morning. I typically go overboard with it as well. I am not a black coffee drinker by far. I have recently had it pointed out to me the amount of chemicals and things I cannot pronounce in my creamer. This started to worry me and I have been thinking of how to get my yummy cup of joe WITHOUT the added crap that I don’t want to put in my body. So here is the best option that I found and I am loving it.
Start out with 1/2 cup dates. YES, I said dates. Dates are the best thing ever I have come across in the last year and they have so many wonderful uses and benefits. I bought a 2 pound bag of dates on Amazon (I also buy my nuts and canned items as well, it’s awesome).
I soak my dates for 10 minutes in water so they are easier to puree. Discard water and put your dates in a high speed blender (I use my Vitamix). Add 1/2 cup warm water, 3 tablespoons coconut sugar and puree scraping down the sides as needed so you get a smooth date puree.
Add 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and 1 16oz. can of coconut milk (make sure this isn’t fat free of “light”). Slowly increase the speed of your blender and puree for about 2 minutes to make sure everything is well blended and smooth. You don’t want any bits of date in your coffee. You should have something like this.
So yummy, I store this into a quart size ball jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I usually go through this a lot quicker than that since I typically use a lot of creamer. You can play around with different sweeteners if you like. If you like honey, xylitol, etc. you could use that and even add cinnamon and nutmeg if you like a more spiced creamer. I think that would be amazing for fall.
Here is my yummy cup of morning coffee with no added chemicals and no dairy.
- ½ cup dates
- ½ cup warm water
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp. coconut sugar
- 1 16oz. coconut milk
- Soak dates for 10 minutes then drain. Puree dates and ½ cup warm water in high speed blender till smooth. Add vanilla extract, sugar and coconut milk. Blend for 2 minutes until well incorporated. Store in glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.